OPEN SOURCE Posts on XDA

Sony Releases Open Source Files for the Xperia Z Ultra and M

"Good Guy Greg Sony". It's a rather affectionate title that Sony's been given for the past few months, particularly for their leading track record in GPL compliance as displayed on multiple occasions. So to make sure that they're continuing their fairly extraordinary performance, they've just released the open source files for the recently announced Xperia...

New Nexus 7 Factory Images Not Available; JBQ Leaves AOSP

Now that's a doozy, isn't it? Before proceeding, let's take a moment for that to better sink in. In addition to support from the AOSP, one of the hallmarks of the Nexus program has traditionally been the availability of factory restore images. This is more than a simple convenience for Nexus device owners. Rather, it...

The Free Software Foundation Wants to Create a Truly Open Source Mobile OS

Android is already open source though, right? Well technically yes, but also no. While it's possible to compile AOSP from the readily available source code and get it running on a wide array of devices with relative ease, getting complete functionality is often impossible without some amount of proprietary, device, or OEM specific code. This is...

CyanogenMod Team Introduces Nemesis Stage 1: Focal

Coinciding with the release of Android 4.3 and and an updated stock camera, stage one of the CyanogenMod team's top secret "Project Nemesis" was finally unveiled on July 26.  According to the development group's weekly wrap-up on www.cyanogenmod.org, the goal of this project is to bring users the best custom operating experience possible. As such,...

Manage Individual App Permissions with XPrivacy

There's no denying that privacy is a huge concern for a large number of mobile users across all operating systems. Short of smashing your wireless router and trading down to a 3310 that's kept in a lead-lined box until you need to make a call, it can be incredibly difficult to keep track of where, when,...

Paranoid Android Team Open Sources HALO

We applaud new and interesting open source developments that look to find novel ways to solve a problem---things like the Xposed framework and OpenPDroid. It is these sort of projects that exemplify what open source is, and why we at XDA embrace it. It is also for that very same reason why we're excited about a new...

Get to Know Your Device’s Processor with CPU Spy Reborn

In addition to developer support, the processor is probably the only other major device specification that your average technological 'nerd' cares about. With every release of a major smartphone, comes a marketing campaign that more often than not, boasts about processing power. So what do we really know about about a device's processor and its 'mysterious...

Did You Spot XDA FSM / RD Zacthespack’s App at Google I/O?

For most of us, Google I/O is probably beginning to feel like a distant memory---perhaps less so for those lucky enough to be browsing on your shiny new Chromebook Pixels. We're all aware by now of the big stories from this years conference, but among all that was something that was of great interest to us...

Say Goodbye to Custom “Stock” Roms and Hello to Xposed Framework

Every so often, an OEM will do things right. Well, nearly right anyway---right enough at least for their stock ROMS to only need some minor tweaks before they are almost perfect. More often than not though, these tweaks are things that can be tricky to implement for the average user---a user who will often find...

Alternative IDE for Android Application Developers

Most of the tutorials out there to get you started in developing Android applications will recommend using Eclipse as an IDE (integrated development  environment) and not without good reason. It's a solid and dependable program that is intuitive and particularly friendly to those with minimal experience. You could almost be forgiven for thinking it was...

Open Source Apps List Shows How Other Devs Do It

Working with a team of developers can be great because you have someone to talk to when you hit the coding wall. If you don't have that luxury, you can still learn how other programmers do things in order to sharpen your skills. That's what XDA Recognized Contributor coolsandie had in mind when he started his list...

Oppo Find 5 Receiving Open Source Project Love

Here at XDA, you've probably seen us talk about collaboration. The dictionary defines collaborating as "to work with another or others on a joint project." We take collaboration seriously, so much so that we actually frown when we see members of the community not take it as seriously. What makes us even more upset is when manufacturers don't take it seriously, though that rant is...